Mt Joffre

(3 routes)


-44.403318000000, 168.696515000000
E39 673 360
CA11 573 743
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From the Bonar Glacier. I 1
From the Bonar, Joffre is half an hour’s easy rock scramble up any convenient route.
Party led by Frank Wright, Dec 1914
4 The South Face. From Cannibalism to Karaoke. III 4 16
From the head of the Matukituki Valley the South Face of Joffre is more involved than a half hour scramble. From near Scotts Bivvy head up to the face which is on the true right of the Breakaway. A steep spur just to the right of the avalanche gut carved by the Breakaway gives easy access to the face. The first ascent took a line which starts off a large patch of snow under an overhanging wall. Then taking the line of least resistance, climbed on a rising traverse which took in a series of ledges to come out near the top of the true right of the large gully that runs on a diagonal from the base of the face to the summit. There are approximately 10 pitches and, of these, half are good rock. It would be possible to construct a more pleasant line by the use of bolts and taking a more direct line to the summit. After topping out on the first ascent, to a perfect summers evening, the two climbers wandered down the Bonar to Colin Todd Hut in running shoes. Like a couple of street kids they threw themselves on the mercy of the residents and passed a pleasant night with borrowed food and a blanket. Camaraderie and hospitality are still alive and well in the hills—may it always be so. ➠ The slopes above the face are subject to avalanches.
Geoff Ellis & Allan Uren, Jan 1999.
Antics (South Face) III 5 WI4 450m
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A great climb on a prominent snow / ice line visible from near the Breakaway. Approach by dropping down snowslopes from the Breakaway, turning a small rocky spur, and a gaining an easy approach slope to the climb. Alternatively, the climb can easily be accessed by following a dry creekbed just beyond Scotts Biv to where a small promontory overlooks the debris zone from serac avalanches. Gain some height, run the exposed gauntlet at a narrowing and cross over to the true right of the drainage where slopes (exposed to snow avalanche but not serac fall) can be followed to the route. Abseil the route or easy walk off to the Bonar.
Ruari Macfarlane, Maddy Whittaker, Jaz Morris, July 2020. Possibly first climbed by Dave Hiddleston and co. in the 1990s (Allan Uren pers. comm.)
Allen Uren & John Cocks